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OC students providing community service abroad

At the end of 2015 eleven of our Year 10 and 11 students, accompanied by Mrs Sandra Middleton, Mr Malcolm McBride and Miss Bernadette Pangrazio, made a journey to North West India to offer their services as part of the Antipodeans Abroad Group.

During their three week trip they travelled through Delhi to the Northern city of Palampur and on to the rural village of Bhadhara. There three leadership groups set about refurbishing three individual pre-schools.

Our students worked extremely hard stripping the interior ceilings and walls and creating big mural designs and wall decorations. They were involved with laying flooring and ensuring the roofing protected the newly assembled art work; the whole time being immersed and surrounded by an eager, receptive local community.

Many highlights compensated for their hard work. Some were fortunate to be invited to a traditional family wedding. All members of the group enjoyed trekking in the Himalayan foothills around Dharamsala for five days and volunteering at the magnificent Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar and learning about the religion and its people. Finally in Delhi, after many hours of transport delays, the students were rewarded with a visit to the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra. It was a community service greatly appreciated by the villagers of Bhadhara and a wonderful, lifelong memory for our students.

Malcolm McBride
Year 10 Coordinator